Wharton State Forest

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Wharton State Forest

Location:Batsto Village office: 8 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542. Atsion Recreation Area office: 8 miles north of Hammonton on Route 206.
Facilities:50 tent & trailer campsites with potable water, flush toilets, and showers (Atsion), 49 tent and trailer campsites with water and pit toilets (Godfrey Bridge), wilderness campsites (group, individual, and family sites), 9 cabins, picnic areas, picnic shelters, group picnic facilities, playgrounds, food concession, multi-use trails, nature trails, bathhouse, boat launch, visitor center, exhibit gallery, museum shop, interpretive center, historic village.
Activities:Camping, boating (electric motors only), canoeing, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, hunting.
Special Features:Forest is the largest single tract of land within the New Jersey state park system. Throughout Wharton are rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails (including a major section of New Jersey's Batona Trail), 500 miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding, and numerous lakes, ponds, and fields for wildlife observation. Forest also includes historic Batso Village, Atsion Recreation Area (see separate entries), Batsto Natural Area, and Oswego River Natural Area.
Address:4110 Nesco Rd
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Web: www.njparksandforests.org/parks/wharton.html
Size: 114,793 acres.

See other parks in New Jersey.
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Volunteers from various recreational user and environmental groups joined together today to post signs at entrances to Wharton State Forest as part of an enhanced effort by the Department of Environmental Protections State Park Service to enforce protection of natural resources from illegal off-road motorized vehicle use.
We recognize the need for more enforcement at Wharton State Forest to ensure that motorized vehicles are used legally and without damaging ecological resources, Commissioner Martin said.
Sprawling over much of Burlington County and parts of Camden and Atlantic counties, Wharton State Forest provides habitat to some 300 bird species, nearly 60 reptile and amphibian species and some 850 species of plants, including wild orchids, sedges, grasses and insect-eating plants, some unique to New Jerseys Pinelands.
When building the Wharton State Forest Bridge in 2002, Rutgers and Axion took another pioneering step.
The Wharton State Forest bridge had a maximum capacity of 36 tons.
Or go to the Wharton State Forest in Hammonton and explore miles of winding trails on foot or by horseback.

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